Who Said That White Privileges Were Only Beneficial for White People?
by elodiegerard on October 21, 2016 - 9:50pm
In this assignment I will be talking about white privileges and its power because it is a subject that really concerns me so I found an article that explains the concept and its advantage/consequences. To begin with, I am a woman who is always bothered by inequality and I am frustrated to know that because of my gender, I have less chances to get a prestigious job or to get a promotion. That being said, seeing other minorities get discriminated because of white privileges really affects me.
The article that I found is called “White People vs. White Privilege” and it talks about how it is hard to stop discrimination because only those who are at a disadvantage are fighting for it. (Wagner, 2016) The author is explaining the importance that white people get involve in the equality for minorities because it is more effective when a white citizen talks to another white citizen. (Wagner, 2016.) She is also saying that white Americans know that they have power in politics, in the media and in their community so they should use their white privileges to make some changes. (Wagner, 2016) However, there is a problem with white privileges, because like the author Peggy McIntosh said in her text “White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack”, white people are not thought to recognize their privileges so it becomes difficult to expect them to use their power in order to make some changes in the society. (McIntosh, pp. 65, 2016.) Wagner uses an allusion to prove that white people do not take advantage of their power, she says that it is like if Superman decided to live his life as Clark Kent when he could be saving the world. (Wagner, 2016) Both authors are strongly suggesting that white people have to start seeing their privileges and stop ignoring them.
I agree with Wagner’s point of view because the more we talk about white privileges and stop ignoring them, the more the younger generations will be part of the movement for equality and this term had more chances to get abolished with time. Before reading this article I did not realize how it was possible to use white privileges as a lever to make positives and important impacts. Moreover, there was an increase in white people supporting minorities since the beginning of the US presidential elections with Donald Trump. The reason for that is because minorities are being targeted by him but white people are scared to have him has a leader so they are putting themselves together in order to avoid Trump’s election as a president. (Wagner, 2016)
In order to achieve something like that, white people have to start realizing that they are benefiting of many privileges in their daily life. However, many are not able to see it so I will help you figure it out by asking you this question: Would you have been able to get out of that speeding ticket if your skin was not white?